This collection of links provides information on improving news, media and information literacy. With this information, teachers and students should be able to develop the tools and skills necessary to be well-informed news consumers in the social media era.
U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
A Federal Trade Commission campaign to educate kids ages 8 to 12 about advertising so they can become more discerning consumers of information. The site focuses on helping them recognize and analyze commercial messages and evaluate non-commercial messages, including editorial content and literature.
ASNE News Literacy Tool Kit
The American Society of News Editors online tool kit is “designed to help ASNE members and supporters to introduce the concept of news literacy to educators, community groups and other interested parties. ASNE endorses efforts to help news consumers navigate the digital age. News literacy differs from the traditional media literacy curriculum in that the focus is specifically on the definition, credibility and believability of news.”
BBC School Report
Using lesson plans and materials from this website, teachers help students develop their journalistic skils by giving U.K. 11-14 year-olds the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.
Center for Civic Media
Civic media is defined here as any form of communication that strengthens the social bonds within a community or creates a strong sense of civic engagement among its residents. Civic media goes beyond news gathering and reporting. A collaboration of the MIT Media Lab and Comparative Media Studies.
Center for Media Literacy
A Malibu, Calif.-based educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally.
Center for News Literacy
Based at Stony Brook University, the center is dedicated to training the next generation of news consumers to think critically about what they read, see and hear.
Center for Scholastic Journalism
A national clearinghouse at Kent State University provides information on issues affecting scholastic media, educates journalism teachers and advocates for student press freedom and the First Amendment. Activities include research, programming, teaching and advocacy.
Center for Media & Social Impact at American University
The Center for Media & Social Impact is an innovation lab and research center that studies, designs, and showcases media for social impact. Focusing on independent, documentary and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact, public policy and audience engagement. The Center produces resources for the field and academic research; convenes conferences and events; and works collaboratively to understand and design media that matters.
News literacy, journalism and leadership development program for high school youth and teachers in Chicago Public schools, housed at Columbia College in Chicago. Through workshops, mentoring and the creating of youth-produced publications, videos and podcasts, Links builds expertise relationships, skills and opportunities that connect students, teachers, volunteers and organizations through journalism. Revitalizing youth media, voice, community involvement and social change in Chicago, Columbia Links enables students to most effectively tell the stories of their own communities and the issues impacting them, such as unremitting violence, bullying, academic challenges, unemployment, health concerns and juvenile justice. Students also present their research and stories in an annual Town Hall meeting for the community.
Common Sense Media
A K-12 curriculum that aims to teach students to be responsible, respectful, and safe digital citizens.
Digital Curriculum & Tools for the 21st Century
Scholastic has a free trial offer for social studies teachers in grades 4-12 outlining a digital curriculum for 21st century information literacy skills.
A national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. Working to invigorate the First Amendment by advocating for greater diversity in the press and by scrutinizing media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints. Fair.org also exposes neglected news stories and defends working journalists when they are muzzled.
Internet Keep Safe Coalition
Established in 2005, iKeepSafe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit international alliance of more than 100 policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates. Through this network of support, they track global trends and issues surrounding digitally connected products and their affect on children. This research drives the continuous creation of positive resources for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use new media devices and platforms in safe and healthy ways.
Link TV’s Know the News
Compare news coverage from around the world, test your knowledge of how news is shaped, and shape some yourself.
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
McCormick’s Why News Matters initiative builds on the strong news literacy youth and teacher training programs that have been the core of the McCormick Foundation’s journalism program since 2009. Looking for curriculum ideas? Need research to make a case to start a news literacy program in your school? Find the latest and best tools for research, curriculum, advocacy and best practices in the resources section of Why News Matters.
Media Education Lab
Based at Temple University in Philadelphia, the Media Education Lab advances media literacy education through research and community service, emphasizing interdisciplinary scholarship and practice that stands at the intersections of communication, media studies and education.
Media Literacy Clearinghouse
The Media Literacy Clearinghouse’s mission is to assist educators who wish to: (a) teach standards that include non-print, media texts; (b) learn more about media literacy; (c) integrate it into classroom instruction; (d) help students read the media; (e) help students become more media aware; and (f) locate appropriate resources.
The Media Spot
By integrating media literacy education through digital media production in schools, classrooms, afterschool programs, and other educational settings, the Media Spot builds and support curricula with educators, and collaborates with students to connect emerging technologies with traditional learning goals and standards.
National Association for Media Literacy Education
A national membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of media literacy education in the United States.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard educates leaders in journalism and elevates the standards of the profession through its internationally recognized fellowship program; Nieman Reports, a quarterly print and online magazine that explores contemporary challenges and opportunities in journalism; the Nieman Journalism Lab, a website that reports on the future of news, innovation and best practices in the digital media age; and Nieman Storyboard, a website that explores the future of nonfiction storytelling.
Newsgames can teach news literacy skills, persuade and inform; make information interactive; recreate a historical event; put news content into a puzzle; teach journalism; and build community.
The News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project website features information about the organization’s services and offers open-access resources to educators and others interested in news literacy. It hosts a digital collection of short news literacy lessons on the its Learn Channel; a blog about topical news literacy learning opportunities called “Teachable Moments,” and outstanding projects created by students participating in NLP’s classroom and after-school programs and workshops. A look into NLP’s various programs.
Newspaper Association of America Foundation
High Five, an integrated journalism and language arts curriculum for middle school students.
Understanding Media: How Messages Work
A free, self-directed course from Poynter.org teaching how to: analyze an advertisement and how it attempts to manipulate the viewer, identify types of media message, explain the five principles of media, identify different vehicles for delivering media messages, identify strengths and weaknesses of each medium. The course is for anyone who wants to become a critical media consumer and as a result, a good citizen.
Partnership for 21st Century Skills
A group that seeks to fuse the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).
POV, a social issues documentary film series on PBS, offers free resources for use in the classroom, including standards-aligned lesson plans & online film clips, a DVD lending library, discussion guides & reading lists.
Poynter’s News University is one of the world’s most innovative online journalism and media training programs. We provide free and inexpensive news literacy courses and resources such as News Sense: The Building Blocks of News, Watching TV News: How to Be a Smarter Viewer and Getting it Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age.
Project Look Sharp from Ithaca College
A media literacy initiative of to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.
Project New Media Literacies
Researchers focus on whether kids have the basic social skills and cultural competencies so that when they get computers in their classroom they can participate fully.
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda
Created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this exhibition includes student activities, an online poll and forum.
P21 brings together the business, education and policymaker communities to champion and support 21st century learning and readiness for all students. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs (content knowledge) and 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity and innovation).
United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations Media Literacy Education Clearinghouse
A global repository of information, resources, and good practices relevant to media literacy education, media education policy and youth media.
Chicago teens have access to books, more than 100 laptop and desktop computers, and a variety of media creation tools and software, all of which allow them to stretch their imaginations and their digital media skills.